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Recreational boating industry discusses E15 at OWAA conference

Last week, at the Outdoor Writers Association of America’s (OWAA) annual conference, Jeff Wasil, head of Emissions Testing and Certification at BRP Evinrude Product Development Center, and John McKnight, NMMA Senior Vice President of Environmental Health and Safety, participated on a panel examining the Renewable Fuel Standard program and the increasing volume of ethanol in the market place. OWAA’s conference ...

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NMMA, coalition groups urge EPA to reconsider year-round E15 sales

NMMA, the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) joined together on a press call to express strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to allow year-round sale of higher ethanol blended E15 gasoline. NMMA has repeatedly called on EPA to abandon its policy and encourages all stakeholders to submit comments to the EPA before ...

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NMMA ramps up advocacy efforts after Congressional summer recess

Last week, NMMA and their members held several events and meetings on Capitol Hill and with the administration to highlight the recreational boating industry’s priorities – including trade, the Modern Fish Act, E15, and workforce development. The November midterm elections are just around the corner and NMMA is working diligently to accomplish the industry’s objectives before the end of the ...

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Consumer education remains key fuel-related issue

Industry insiders remain hopeful that the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018 will promote much needed public education on the proper use of E15. To combat the U.S. Environmental Agency’s current E15 labeling, the bill directs the agency to involve consumers, through focus group testing, in creating labels and pump safeguards that effectively raise awareness of the prohibited ...

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NMMA issues biobutanol action call as EPA deadline looms

Last week, the National Marine Manufacturers Association was successful in putting biobutanol—the industry’s solution to E15— on the radar of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. During a high-profile hearing on Thursday, April 26, Georgia’s Rep. Buddy Carter, who recently voiced his concerns about E15 in a different hearing, again brought up the need for boaters to have an alternative to E15. ...

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Anti-fouling alternatives feature new approaches

Copper-based paints come under increased ecological scrutiny For decades recreational boats have used a variety of anti-fouling products to prevent marine growths from adhering to vessel hulls.  In the 1960s, in an age of increasing concern over air and water pollution, it was found that some bottom paints were impacting a wider variety of aquatic organisms than imagined – particularly when ...

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NMMA urges EPA to educate consumers about E15 waiver

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently added 38 states and the District of Columbia to a Clean Air Act waiver that allows the sale of 15 percent ethanol gasoline blends, ending the summer restriction on sales of the fuel because of Hurricane Harvey. In response, NMMA sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging immediate and effective education for ...

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NMMA submits official comments on EPA’s renewable volume obligations

NMMA has submitted official comments on the EPA's 2018 renewable volume obligations, in response to the EPA's proposal for 2018, which were announced in late July. NMMA and the North American recreational boating industry strongly oppose EPA’s 2018 RVOs proposal. Finalizing this rule, as proposed, would deny consumers choice at the pump, while endangering their safety on the water. NMMA ...

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NMMA testifies at EPA hearing, shares members’ concerns about E15

The National Marine Manufacturers Association testified at the 2018 EPA Renewable Volume Obligation hearing. Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA vice president of federal and legal affairs, addressed the concerns the recreational boating industry has with E15 during the Aug. 1 hearing. “The initial 2010 waiver and this RVO proposal, do nothing to guarantee the continued availability of E10, while billions of gallons of ...

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EPA approves pathway for isobutanol as an advanced biofuel

Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ:GEVO), announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the pathway for isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne, Minn., plant to be an advanced biofuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard Program. This is the first time that the EPA has approved a pathway for an advanced biofuel that uses starch from feed corn to produce an alcohol. With ...

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